Following my short break in Shetland, I spent a couple of nights at home, checking on my Mum and was off again, this time to the Isles of Scilly.
Leaving Nottingham at the crack of dawn I changed in London, and took a train from London Paddington at 10am, with a night planned in Penzance. With a few hours of light available in Cornwall, I pondered on what would be a good plan to see some decent birds. It occurred to me that Red-billed Chough were now around the Cornish Coast, and after consulting my friend, Simon Roberts, I decided to try Porthgwarra.
I checked in at my hotel and took a taxi from Penzance. A couple of birders on site had seen a Yellow-browed Warbler by the car park and had seen a Chough distantly. Hearing that they were even about was encouraging, so I set off up the hill and around the headland, past the coastguard lookout and round to Gwennap Head. Seeing a couple of black birds flying around a grassy area, I raised my bins to see two Red-billed Chough. I walked steadily closer, and stopped occasionally as there was no cover to hide behind. The sky had gone almost charcoal grey and as I got as close as I dare, it started to rain. I managed a few shots before the heavens opened and I put my camera away.
I managed to shelter behind a small bluff on the edge of the cliff, as it absolutely tipped it down. However, it was short-lived and to my relief, when I emerged from my hiding place, the birds were still there and with the sun out, I got quite close to one of the birds for some nice close ups.